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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
By: Vandana ShivaAs the New Year begins, I feel compelled to reflect on how fictions and abstract constructions are ruling us; the nature of being and existence is being redefined in such fundamental ways that life itself is threatened. When corporations that were designed as legal constructs claim “personhood”, then real people — who stand in line at polling booths, eke... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
Company that has come under fire for its genetically modified seeds said its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarterMonsanto said Wednesday its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter, as South American farmers cut back on planting corn, reducing demand for the company’s biotech-enhanced seeds.US farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
Over the last couple of years, some parents have become cautious of what foods to feed their children, especially with the discovery that genetically modified (GM) foods may be hazardous to a child’s health. The Inquisitr has assisted these parents by reporting on the latest pertaining to GM foods, which could start as early as infancy with GM baby formula and continuing... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
By: Kenneth G. EadeThe score in the war against genetically engineered foods is currently Big Industrial Chemical Companies 100- consumers zero. Counting small victories such as the defeat of the Monsanto Protection Act and the Vermont labeling law (currently in litigation) the public has not done so well in protecting themselves from the genetically engineered foods that were snuck onto... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
By: Tony LeysDES MOINES — A plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living in Africa produce vitamin A. Proponents say the gene came from a different type of banana and is safe to eat.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
By: John HerrickBURLINGTON — A federal district court judge heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Vermont’s GMO labeling law Wednesday.At issue is whether Vermont can require manufacturers to label products with what critics claim to be a politically charged statement designed to prevent consumers from purchasing products containing genetically engineered ingredients.The... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2015
New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked for four years due to disagreement... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
By: Sally WilliamsThis year could be critical in keeping Wales free from genetically-modified (GM) crops, Plaid Cymru claim today.After many years of debate, lobbying and protest, in December a preliminary agreement was reached between the European Union institutions which would allow countries to legally declare a ban on growing GM crops.But Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans said it is not all that it... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
By: Bennett Hall Voters in the May election will be asked to determine the future of genetically engineered crops in Benton CountyAn initiative that would ban the planting of genetically modified organisms or patented seeds has qualified for the May 19 ballot.Backers of the anti-GMO ballot measure, known as the Local Food System Ordinance, turned in initiative petitions with more than 3,000... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
By: Joan BrunwasserMy guest today is Anne Petermann, Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project. Welcome to OpEdNews, Anne. JB: You're up in arms against the humble chestnut tree. You recently wrote This Holiday Season say NO to GMO Chestnuts , a strong OpEd piece against it. I admit that I don't know much about this subject and many of our readers are probably in the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
WICHITA, Kan. • No agreement has been reached yet on the settlement of remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.A joint status report filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas says the parties have been exchanging settlement offers and that the last offer from non-soft white wheat plaintiffs is under... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
By: Mateusz PerkowskiCeres Inc. has developed a biotech variety of sorghum for ethanol production but USDA is thinking of regulating it as a noxious weed.Genetically modified sorghum used for ethanol production doesn’t fall under USDA’s biotechnology regulations, but the agency may still restrict the crop as a noxious weed.Ceres Inc., a biotech company, inserted genetic information... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2015
By: Anne LappeIn October in Istanbul, farmers, agricultural researchers and advocates from around the world gathered for the Organic World Congress, organized by the 42-year-old International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). With 800 affiliates in 124 countries, IFOAM comes together every three years to gauge its global efforts to promote chemical-free farming... more

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